Following the earlier news that Neil Hodgson has been forced to retire, due to injuries sustained on an already weakened shoulder at the Brands Hatch season opener, Motorsport Yamaha has now confirmed his replacement.

As expected Ian Lowry, who recently tested for the team, has been signed to ride in place of Hodgson and alongside Dan Linfoot.

"We have been working closely with Neil since Brands Hatch and have known the injury was career threatening, to lose Neil like this has been tough to take, the whole team had been put together with Neil and Dan," said team principal Rob Mac.

"As a team we all feel for Neil, he will be around with the team helping our riders and sponsors so he can't put his feet up just yet.

"For me I had to find a replacement fast, Ian Lowry being available is a real coup for us and the BSB Championship.

"He finished 'rookie' of the year in the Superbike class of 2009 and at only 23 years will line up as one of the most exciting young talents on the grid.

"We managed to give him a run last week and will test Friday this week, he has a lot to learn in a short time but is very confident in himself and our bike," he added.

Despite finishing fifth overall last year, ex-Relentless Suzuki man Lowry was unable to land a BSB ride for 2010 and had turned his attentions to racing in Spain prior to the Motorpoint call.

"It's a great shame for Neil," said Lowry. "I like many young racers followed Neil through his career and I am sure he is feeling pretty rubbish right now, I am sure he knows he has made the right decision and I hope he can come and help Dan and I through the year.

"So what a phone call that was! Rob called me a few weeks ago and asked if I could test the bike with no real plans just yet, I jumped on a plane and rode the bike at Oulton and really got on well, it's a crap way to get a ride when a rider get's injured but that's racing.

"For me I can't wait to get to Oulton Park next week and get stuck in!"